HOW TO: Make Christmas crackers from toilet paper rolls

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12 heartfelt and meaningful Christmas gifts for children

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Illustrator embellishes Instagram photos with playful, quirky cartoons

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Modular rocket tower set helps kids' imaginations soar

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The innovative modular Rocket Tower and Rocket Wall set from Manzanita Kids is appealing to kids of all ages and offers endless possibilities for imaginative play. Every wall-like flat block is notched at both ends, so that it can lock in with the other walls. Included in the set are two ladders kids can set up where they choose, allowing alien or astronaut toys to move about their base. Once built, the tower is large enough to house multiple sizes of dolls and figures since each piece may be easily adjusted. The entire set is made with a high grade 3/8″ birch plywood, an eco-friendly, durable material and has no toxic finishes. The Rocket Tower ships right to you in recyclable packing material.

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Tinybeans app is a 'nurture network' that keeps parents connected with family, friends, and experts

by 12/20/14   filed under: green baby, green family, green maternity, parenting

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Part of becoming a parent means streamlining things whenever possible — like buying in bulk, finding please-all healthy recipes, and discovering ways to keep in touch with loved ones without spending your whole day on the phone or computer. Tinybeans, a free app for Androids and iPhones, is the newest way we’ve found to keep things simple when it comes to communicating with friends and family as well as keeping track of baby’s development. This “nurture network”, which was launched in 2012, combines the best of expert advice tailored to your child’s development along with journal and photo cataloging opportunities within a secure network of selected family and friends.

With an eye on events big and small in your child’s life, Tinybeans allows you to record daily events as well as milestones and even includes suggested activities for your child’s specific developmental stage. The info is only shared with people in your private network, and you can invite as many (or as few) people to witness your little one’s life events. Parents can also conveniently make photo books with uploaded photos, making presents for grandparents or family members a snap.

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Australia's LEGO Christmas tree is over 30 feet tall and made from 1/2 million LEGO and Duplo blocks!

by 12/19/14   filed under: green family, kid friendly, kids entertainment

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LEGOs are on most kids’ holiday wish lists, but while “Santa” is deciding which set to buy, kids can be inspired with an amazing, seasonal Australian LEGO Christmas tree display. Located in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall, this LEGO tree stands over 30 feet tall and was built from a combination of 1/2 million LEGO and Duplo blocks! Construction of the tree took five people a total of 1,200 hours to complete, and the final product is decorated with ornaments the size of basketballs and huge hanging candy canes. This impressive holiday visual even lights up for a show each night until Christmas is over. Those of us without Australian travel plans this holiday season can watch a time-lapse video showing the awesome process, from making pieces such as the nutcracker in-studio to using cranes and fork lifts to assemble the mammoth tree. The largest LEGO Christmas tree in the southern hemisphere also reflects local pride with the addition of a koala bear and a surfboard-toting Santa (also built out of LEGO bricks). See the video after the jump!

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DIY project: make a snow globe from a recycled baby food jar

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The most clever party favor my son has ever received was from a boy with an architect mom and sculptor dad. Yet the gift was more kitschy than Kahn, more crafty than Chihuly. In other words, it was perfect for a kid: a tiny DIY snow globe encased in a reused baby food jar (he’s a big brother). Read on for instructions on how they made it.

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13 eco-friendly Christmas-themed crafts for kids

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HOW TO: Make an all-purpose herbal healing balm for little ones

HOW TO: Make an all-purpose herbal healing balm for little ones

1. Infuse your herbal oil For this recipe, I’ve infused about 3oz of grapeseed oil using 1 Tbsp each of dried calendula flowers, comfrey leaves, and lavender flowers. This allows for…

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HOW TO: Make organic vegan fudge in 10 minutes!

HOW TO: Make organic vegan fudge in 10 minutes!

TweetEmail Step 1: Gather the Ingredients 1/2 cup organic coconut butter 1 tablespoon organic peanut butter 2 small organic bananas 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder 3…

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Wooden Story natural, handmade blocks bring peace and love to the playroom

Wooden Story natural, handmade blocks bring peace and love to the playroom

TweetEmail Made in the mountains of Poland, Wooden Story blocks are available in sets of different sizes (from 29-100 pieces) and also several styles. The most basic blocks…

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Study finds toxic chemicals linked to serious health threats are in holiday products sold at popular retailers like Target & Walgreens

Study finds toxic chemicals linked to serious health threats are in holiday products sold at popular retailers like Target & Walgreens

Back during the Halloween season, HealthyStuff.org found that a lot of Halloween products contained unhealthy, toxic chemicals. Now, HealthyStuff.org has expanded their holiday findings…

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HOW TO: Make a healthy, nosh-worthy, vegan holiday popcorn sampler

HOW TO: Make a healthy, nosh-worthy, vegan holiday popcorn sampler

1. Gather the ingredients. As always, we recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible. For the caramel popcorn: 15 cups popped popcorn 1 cup coconut sugar 1/4 cup  corn…

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FDA strongly advises against getting 'keepsake' baby ultrasounds

FDA strongly advises against getting 'keepsake' baby ultrasounds

TweetEmailBaby ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to look inside the womb, and sometimes they’re perfectly necessary to check up on the size of a growing baby…

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HOW TO: Make squeezable homemade toothpaste your kids will love

HOW TO: Make squeezable homemade toothpaste your kids will love

TweetEmail Gather your ingredients. 1 Tbsp bentonite clay 2-3 Tbsp distilled water 1/3 cup coconut oil (soft but not completely liquefied) 1 Tbsp baking soda 3 Tbsp…

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6 non-materialistic, experiential presents that are great for kids!

6 non-materialistic, experiential presents that are great for kids!

TweetEmail 1. Endangered/Rescued/Orphaned Animal Sponsorship Kids of all ages love animals, especially ones that they don’t see every day. Perpetuate this passion by…

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Plyroom's modern eco-kids furniture collection offers timeless appeal to suit kids of all ages

Plyroom's modern eco-kids furniture collection offers timeless appeal to suit kids of all ages

TweetEmailThe Company Plyroom is a furniture company based in Australia but the entire collection is made in Italy in a small scale setting in collaboration with prominent…

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HOW TO: Make delicious vegan Mexican hot chocolate

HOW TO: Make delicious vegan Mexican hot chocolate

1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of almond milk 1.7 ounces of dark chocolate (or to taste) 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 chili pepper 2. Heat up the milk Heat the almond milk (here is how…

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